FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Authors:
Susan Harwood Kaczmarczik; Br'an Arthur Davis-Howe; T. O. Radzykewycz; Alisa N.T. Murphy; Cecilia Henningsson Acknowledgements to Jack Coyote and Robert Pearson, and a special thanks to Janis Maria Cortese.

Disclaimer
Throughout this FAQ you will find the words "usually," often," and other disclaimers; this is because Paganism is not a rigid, structured belief system. We have tried to present as many faces of the neopagan sub-culture as possible in the FAQ, but realize we can't possibly cover it all.

Many people, no doubt, will object to every part of this FAQ, but we stand by it as our best attempt.

First version completed 25 January 1993
Questions:
  1. What is paganism/a pagan?
  2. What is Paganism? How is it different from paganism?
  3. What are different types of paganism?
  4. What is Witchcraft/Wicca?
  5. Why do some of you use the word Witch? Wiccan?
  6. What are some different traditions in the Craft?
  7. Are pagans Witches?
  8. Are you Satanists?
  9. What kinds of people are pagans?
  10. What holidays do you celebrate?
  11. How do I pronounce...? What does this name mean?
  12. What god(s) do you believe in?
  13. Can one be both Christian and pagan?
  14. What were the Burning Times?
  15. How many pagans/Witches are there today?
  16. How does one/do I become a pagan?
  17. What books/magazines should I read?
  18. How do I find pagans/Witches/covens/teachers in my area?
  19. What's a coven really like?
  20. How do I form a coven?
  21. What does Dianic mean?
  22. Aren't women-only circles discriminatory?
  23. Can/will you cast me a love spell/curse my enemies?
  24. Is it okay if I...? Will I still be a pagan if I...?
  25. I am a pagan and I think I am being discriminated against because of my religion. What should I do?
  26. What one thing would most pagans probably want the world to know about them?

"We are not evil. We don't harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. This religion is not a joke. We are not what you think we are from looking at T.V. We are real. We laugh, we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don't have to be afraid of us. We don't want to convert you. And please don't try to convert us. Just give us the same right we give you -- to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than you think."
-- Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, p.453.
Thank you and Blessed Be!


References

Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler, Beacon Press.
To Know, Jade, Delphi Press.


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